Actors Iwai Kumesaburô II as Agemaki and Ichikawa Denzô I as Sukeroku, in Sukeroku Yukari no Edo-zakura

「(助)六(ゆ)かりの江戸桜」 「あげ巻 岩井粂三郎」(二代目)、「助六 市川伝蔵」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1811 (Bunka 8), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Kawachiya Genshichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.25412

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Sukeroku Yukari no Edo-zakura
Theater: Yûkiza, managed by Yûki Magosaburô (a theater of puppets and child actors)

Officially, Iwai Kumesaburô II did not take that name until 1812.11; but he seems to have been using it already, unofficially, for this performance in a small theater. In 1811, Denzô was 17 and Kumesaburô was 12.
助六由縁江戸桜(すけろくゆかりのえどざくら)
 結城孫三郎芝居

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Yamaguchi (Yamaguchiya Tôbei)
改印:山口

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection